San Francisco: Mount Tamalpais Loop

A bus drops you at the start of a 10.5-mile trail leading to overlooks with world-class views of the city and Golden Gate Bridge.
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A bus drops you at the start of a 10.5-mile trail leading to overlooks with world-class views of the city and Golden Gate Bridge.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 16.2

Waypoints

MTL001

Location: 37.9099655151367, -122.577262878418

From Mountain Home Inn trailhead, hike Hogback Fire Rd. heading N

MTL002

Location: 37.9146499633789, -122.580001831055

L @ Y onto Matt Davis Trail; in .3 mi., skip across Fern Creek

MTL003

Location: 37.9165840148926, -122.589836120605

In bed of Laguna Creek, turn L (stick with Matt Davis Trail) and pass Spike Buck and Rattlesnake Creeks in next mile

MTL004

Location: 37.9099655151367, -122.60173034668

Turn R onto Bootjack Trail; in .1 mi., cross Old Stage Rd.

MTL005

Location: 37.9120826721191, -122.608436584473

Reach Mountain Theater, a Greek-style stone amphitheater that seats 3,750. Cross Ridgecrest Blvd. near water fountain, then follow to Rock Spring trailhead

MTL006

Location: 37.9113502502441, -122.612564086914

Turn R onto Simmons Trail briefly, then R onto Benstein Trail for ascent

MTL007

Location: 37.9147491455078, -122.611763000488

Keep L @ next two Y junctions; in .8 mi., turn R in Portrero Meadows onto singletrack toward goldrush- era Rifle Camp

MTL008

Location: 37.9247665405273, -122.609565734863

Turn R, then pass Rifle Camp--nice spot for lunch

MTL009

Location: 37.930118560791, -122.599853515625

Keep straight, bearing E on Upper North Side Trail

MTL010

Location: 37.9300842285156, -122.594581604004

Straight @ 4-way; at Colier Spring, views over Lake Lagunitas

MTL011

Location: 37.9342155456543, -122.578369140625

Hard R @ 4-way heading SSW; views N from Inspiration Point (2,564 ft.). Go R, then L @ road toward East Peak of Mt. Tam. Take L up to East Peak

MTL012

Location: 37.9291343688965, -122.577735900879

East Peak (2,571 ft.). From fire lookout, see SF framed by Golden Gate Bridge and Pacific coast. Return to junction; turn L onto Temelpa Trail

MTL013

Location: 37.9202995300293, -122.573066711426

R onto Hoo-Koo-E-Koo Fire Rd., then R (still fire rd.) to close loop @ WPT 2